You owe to yourself to READ through the hateful North Carolina anti-LGBT law to understand what we are condemning as the worst such law in the nation. It not only makes pariahs out of transgender people, it denies ALL North Carolinians access to the courts to seek protection under what’s left of their state human rights law. It forbids ANY local government from protecting its citizens beyond what the state does–thus repealing all local laws protecting LGBT people.
Despite calls from LGBT advocates urging him to veto the measure, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law late Wednesday legislation that would undo pro-LGBT non-discrimination ordinances in his state, including the recently approved measure in Charlotte. In a statement, McCrory said he had signed the measure, House Bill 2, because he thinks the Charlotte ordinance, which would have allowed transgender people to use public restrooms consistent with their gender identity, violated privacy rights. “As a result, I have signed legislation passed by a bipartisan majority to stop this breach of basic privacy and etiquette which was to go into effect April 1,” McCrory said. “Although other items included in this bill should have waited until regular session, this bill does not change existing rights under state or federal law.” McCrory blamed the city of Charlotte for enacting the ordinance, saying “the mayor and city council took action far out of its core responsibilities.” “The basic expectation of privacy in the most personal of settings, a restroom or locker room, for each gender was violated by government overreach and intrusion by the mayor and city council of Charlotte,” McCrory said. “This radical breach of trust and security under the false argument of equal access not only impacts the citizens of Charlotte but people who come to Charlotte to work, visit or play. This new government regulation defies common sense and basic community norms by allowing, for example, a man to use a woman’s bathroom, shower or locker room.” McCrory was expected to sign the law, although he didn’t give much notice about his planned action. After the legislature approved the measure on Wednesday, his office informed the media he would sign it before the next day.